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In Syria, Fluid Loyalties Complicate US Efforts

Four years ago, Syria’s president launched a crackdown on demonstrators protesting his authoritarian rule. Today, the crisis in Syria has evolved into a proxy war involving Iran and the Gulf States, the U.S. and Russia, Sunni and Shi’ites. It is being fought by a complex web of local actors whose interests alternately conflict and converge, complicating U.S. efforts to arm and train ‘moderate’ rebels in the battle against the Islamic State. Nothing demonstrates the nature of the...

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